CHICAGO (Dec. 14, 2015) - U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. This year's field features midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Clint Dempsey, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and defenders Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin.
- A Look at the Five Nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year
- History of U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Award
A new voting process is in place starting last year. Votes will be collected from National Team and Youth National Team coaches and staff, MNT players who have earned a cap in 2015, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.
Dempsey is a three-time winner of the award (2007, 2011, 2012), while Michael Bradley has earned three nominations. Bradley (2007) and DeAndre Yedlin (2014) are previous winners of the Young Male Player of the Year. Fabian Johnson earns his second consecutive nomination, while Brad Guzan makes his debut on the short list.
Landon Donovan holds the record for most Male Player of the Year awards with four honors (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010).
The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the inaugural honor.
2015 MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Michael Bradley, Midfielder
The U.S. captain earned his 100th cap in 2015, making him the fourth youngest MNT player to do so. Racking up a team-leading 1668 minutes, the Princeton, N.J.-native topped the team with a career-high six assists while also scoring three goals. He was on point against the Netherlands and Germany, earning Man of the Match honors in the road victories against the No. 6-ranked team and the reigning World Cup champion. Bradley also earned the armband for Toronto FC in 2015, where he appeared 28 times and added five goals as they reached the playoffs for the first time in team history.
Clint Dempsey, Forward
The three-time U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year (2007, 2011, 2012) put his attacking skills on display again in 2015, recording a team-best nine goals that moved his career total to 48 and within striking distance of the all-time U.S. mark. Deuce led all scorers in the Gold Cup, the hat trick against Cuba in the quarterfinal contributing to his seven total goals which earned him the Golden Boot honors. Dempsey started the year off right when he collected his 100th cap on Jan. 28 against Chile. The striker played in 23 matches for Seattle Sounders FC, scoring nearly a quarter of the team’s goals this season.
Brad Guzan, Goalkeeper
Taking the reins in goal for the National Team, Guzan’s 13 starts far eclipsed his career high for one year. With back-to-back wins against Netherlands and Germany setting the stage, the Aston Villa netminder was named the No. 1 for the Gold Cup. Stepping up, he earned the Golden Glove trophy as the top goalkeeper in the tournament and moved up to fifth place on the all-time list for career shutouts. Guzan played 34 matches for Aston Villa, collecting six shutouts in 2015.
Fabian Johnson, Defender
Following an outstanding performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Johnson once again served notice for club and country. Making a career-high 13 appearances, Johnson capped off a strong year by scoring the game-winning goal in the USA’s opening victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. He helped catapult Borussia Moenchengladbach into a third place finish in the Bundesliga, good for a spot in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League. In perhaps the finest month for a U.S. international overseas, Johnson scored six goals, including strikes against Juventus and Sevilla in the Champions League and the exclamation point on the 3-0 win against defending champion Bayern Munich.
DeAndre Yedlin, Defender
After a breakout performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the pacey winger continued to earn his chops with the National Team. Playing in 19 of 20 matches, he tied for the team high in appearances. More importantly, he delivered five assists – setting up the tying goal against the Netherlands – good for second best on the team behind Michael Bradley. After moving to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, he secured a loan to Sunderland where he has earned a regular spot in the starting XI.